Ulysses motorcyclists join the Door of Hope church congregation in Maryborough yesterday for a biker blessing service.
Ulysses motorcyclists join the Door of Hope church congregation in Maryborough yesterday for a biker blessing service. Karleila Thomsen

Bikers unite for road safety

SIXTY motorcyclists braved the rain yesterday to make their way to the Door of Hope Church in Maryborough for a biker blessing service.

Pastor David Woodward, a member of the Fraser Coast branch of the Ulysses Club, said the annual event was to pray for safety for motorcyclists throughout the year because “those of us who ride know the risk involved”.

He said more than 60 bikers from across the Fraser Coast region – and even some from as far as Gladstone – attended the service and then joined in a leisurely ride to Apple Tree Creek for lunch.

“Most are members of the Ulysses Club, some are members of the Southern Cross Riders and others are from the Christian Motorcyclists Association,” he said.

One of the riders among the congregation was Hugh Gilroy from Childers who will soon set off around Australia to raise money for Prostate Foundation of Australia.

The 79-year-old pensioner, who has lost a number of friends to the disease, hopes Fraser Coast residents or business people might consider making a donation to his plight.

“My 1988 Honda Goldwing motorcycle will consume over 1000 litres of fuel, so any contributions to fuel costs would be greatly appreciated,” he said.

Mr Gilroy will also be selling raffle tickets during his ride, which he reckons will take about 50 days to complete.

“The winner of the raffle will get a brand new camper trailer that can be towed by a motorbike or small car, valued at $8500.”

Mr Gilroy leaves on March 22. He can be contacted on 0428 713 232.



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